During the recent Night City Wire event, CD Projekt Red provided insights into the upcoming free Update 2.0 for Cyberpunk 2077, set to launch on September 21 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Additionally, the event shed light on the Phantom Liberty expansion, scheduled for release on September 26. Here's a summary of the key highlights:
Phantom Liberty Cinematic Trailer: The event commenced with a stunning cinematic trailer for Phantom Liberty, featuring Idris Elba's character, Solomon Reed, a retired spy. The trailer introduces Song So Mi, a new Netrunner players will encounter during the expansion.
Game Director's Insight: Idris Elba provided insights into his character, describing Solomon Reed as a complex spy, leaving players uncertain about his trustworthiness. Reed is deeply dedicated to his work and is passionate about it.
New District - Dogtown: Elba mentioned the new Dogtown district in Night City, regarded as the most perilous part of town due to militia and criminal elements. The district offers an impressive scale.
Phantom Liberty Music: CD Projekt Red introduced a new score for Phantom Liberty, along with additional radio stations for Night City. The music combines a cyberpunk atmosphere with spy themes. New radio stations, including Dark Star Radio, Impulse, and Growl FM, will offer diverse music. Notably, two tracks produced by Idris Elba will be featured, and he also has a DJ set on Impulse Radio.
Documentary and Behind-the-Scenes: CD Projekt Red revealed a documentary about Growl FM and shared a teaser featuring behind-the-scenes footage of musician Dawid Podsiadlo creating the expansion's theme song.
Update 2.0 and Relic Skill Tree: Game director Gabriel Amatangelo discussed the action-packed 2.0 update and its connection to Phantom Liberty. Players can adopt various playstyles, including stealthy netrunner or explosive combatant, with the new Relic skill tree playing a crucial role in the narrative.
Update 2.0 Build Showcase: Lead gameplay designer Karlo Matyasik showcased three potential builds in Update 2.0. These included the "bullet time ninja" build, emphasizing agility and precise attacks. The "hack-and-slash netrunner" build focused on hacking capabilities, introducing powerful quick hacks. Lastly, the "savage slugger solo" build aimed at delivering brute force through melee combat.
Maxtech Security Forces: The event concluded with a glimpse of Maxtech security forces, which players will encounter after Update 2.0 launches.
Update 2.0 will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on September 21, free for existing game owners on these platforms. Phantom Liberty is set to launch on September 26.
As players anticipate Update 2.0, they can explore insights from the Phantom Liberty team, read about the 2.0 overhaul, and delve into our thoughts on Phantom Liberty after a hands-on experience in June.